Scientists - or boffins, as the Brits would say - have tied the development of HIV to increased urbanization in Africa, specifically the city of Kinshasa, formerly Leopoldville in the Belgian Congo and now the capital of the DRC. Leopold was a particularly brutal colonial overlord. Just goes to show: evil breeds evil.
The staggering, and fast-growing, information-crunching capabilities of data-mining technology broaden the definition of what is considered suspicious. In June America’s Departments of Justice and Homeland Security and a grouping of American police chiefs released the “Suspicious Activity Report—Support and Implementation Project”. Inspired in part by the approach of the Los Angeles Police Department, it urges police to question people who, among other things, use binoculars, count footsteps, take notes, draw diagrams, change appearance, speak with security staff, and photograph objects “with no apparent aesthetic value”.